How 3 Random Guys Helped Me Retrieve My Stolen Phone - A Chase Through NYC Subway
Around this time of year I often reflect on what has happened to me over the past 6 months but something even more incredible happened to me on Sunday night, Jan 6th, 2013.
Having lived in NYC for the majority of my life sometimes I felt a little invincible to its crimes and dangers. Not that I haven’t gotten my fair share of it, just that I thought I knew better. So on this quiet Sunday night at 7pm I sat in the G train at its first stop: Court Sq, Queens, getting ready for a quiet night of winding down when I became the target of a thief. The train was stationary and there was only one door opened (which silly me sat by), phone in hand when suddenly an arm appeared out of nowhere and snatched my phone. Before I could blink I knew exactly what had just happened and before I could think my body took off after him.
As I ran up the stairs and down the train station I was screaming at people to stop him before he could get away, but I was received by blank stares. However, I could hear pitter patter of running feet behind me. The thief jumped out of the turnstiles and that’s when my heart dropped. I thought this was it, no one was going to follow me out of the train station. To my amazement, three figures shot past me, over the turnstiles and up the stairs. I had fallen behind and thought we lost the guy. When I made it out of the train station I saw three figures standing at the corner. They had caught the thief and had him pinned down to the ground.
Even when I was standing over him he was still trying to throw them off to escape. It took them a few minutes of yelling at him to make him surrender the phone. They stayed with me until the cops arrived, even patiently giving away all their information to the police. I couldn’t stop thanking them and they just smiled back as they tried to catch their breath and before the cops could even drive away, they were gone.
In hindsight, yes, it was probably a stupid thing to chase after a thief for a phone. What if he had a weapon on him? What if any of those people who helped me had gotten hurt? Is a phone really worth all that trouble? Regardless of all that, what completely blew my mind was how these strangers were so willing to help me out! I’ve tried to ask the cops for their information but it doesn’t seem to be on file. It’s really touched me and I wish them the best. I hope karma is real and that they get what they deserve.
What a crazy start to the new year.